Many visual issues may develop during childhood, thus regular eye exams are especially important for developing eyes. Younger children should have their first eye exam at six months old, and if there are no signs of vision problems, annually thereafter. This is what is recommended by the Canadian Association and the Alberta Association of Optometry. School-age children (age 5 and older) should receive annual eye exams to monitor their vision development and ocular health in order to detect any vision issues that may interfere with their learning abilities. If you or your child feels like they are experiencing changes to their vision, we can see them multiple times throughout the year and still be covered by Alberta Health Care. Sometimes these issues can be simple visual problems; easily corrected with proper diagnosis and treatment. It is very helpful for Dr. Louie and Dr. Larson to have yearly history or baseline exams if new symptoms are noted to provide the best treatment strategy.
Children often cannot tell you that they are having vision issues, let alone understand their vision problems. At LL Eyecare, Dr. Larry Louie and Dr. Cory Larson can provide comprehensive pediatric eye exams and management of various pediatric eye problems such as strabismus (eye turn), retinopathy (retinal vascular issues), ptosis (droopy/asymmetric eyelids), nystagmus (abnormal eye movement), amblyopia (poor vision even with proper correction), epiphora (eye tearing), and double vision. Your child’s eye exam will include an assessment of acuity, binocular vision, external and internal eye structures for any issues. For younger children too young to read or even speak, we use children-friendly tools and games to help with your child’s vision assessment.
There are a few things that you can do to prepare for an eye exam. Come with a list of all the medications you are currently taking and any information about your prescription for your current glasses or contact lenses.
Visit our vision clinic in central West Edmonton for comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, glasses, and more. Louie Eyecare Centre is dedicated to providing the highest quality optometric services and products to our patients. Our team of experienced optometrists is here to help you with all of your eye care needs. Schedule an appointment today!
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You should see an optometrist when there are changes in vision, problems with eye movement or when headaches or eyestrain occur regularly. Children’s eye exams begin at six months old, adults should get an eye exam every two years, and seniors should get an eye exam every year.
A comprehensive eye exam from Louie Eyecare Centre in Edmonton costs $135. This includes a 3d retinal optomap of the back of the eye. We offer direct billing options with Alberta Blue Cross and Green Shield Canada (GSC). If you are with another insurance provider, you may be required to pay at the clinic and submit your claim to your insurance provider.
Eating a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, including your eyesight. Here are some specific foods that are particularly good for your eyes: carrots, dark leafy greens, brightly coloured vegetables, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds.
Healthy eyes can benefit from many of the same vitamins and minerals that are good for your overall health, including vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Louie Eyecare Centre can advise you on which supplements may be right for you.
Most people only need an eye exam once a year, but it depends on your age, health and how often you have problems with your vision. Children usually need more frequent exams because their eyes are still developing. Adults older than 65 may also need more frequent exams since changes in the eye and vision occur with age. If you have a family history of eye problems, or if you’re experiencing vision problems, you should visit your optometrist more often. At Louie Eyecare Centre we offer comprehensive eye exams that will help diagnose any potential problems early.
After age 65, you should have an eye exam every year. It’s important to have regular eye exams because your risk for developing age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts, increases with age. Louie Eyecare Centre can help you keep your eyes healthy as you age.